The Tamar River

The River Tamar rises near Meddon in North Devon and flows through the Upper and Lower Tamar Lakes before forming the border between Devon and Cornwall over most of its length.

The lower sections which run through steep sided valleys are particularly beautiful and places of interest such as Morwhellam Quay nestle in the bottom of the valley.

Cruises can be taken from Plymouth up the Tamar Valley to Calstock, where the impressive viaduct can be seen.

In the lower reaches the river is fed by the River Tavy. This river which rises on the HIgh Moor near Fur Tor takes its name from the original Saxon word “tavon” for river, and gives the origin for the name of the town of Tavistock, the birthplace of Sir Francis Drake.

Some of the most impressive sections of the River Tavy can be seen between Lydford and Mary Tavey and include Tavy Cleave.​​

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